Juneau Photo Safari Excursion Reviews

Join in as local guides take you by land and by sea to some of the most memorable spots in Juneau for picture-perfect snapshots.
Enjoyed a nature trail walk, learning about the how the Mendenhall Glacier has changed over the ...
Enjoyed a nature trail walk, learning about the how the Mendenhall Glacier has changed over the years, while getting many iPhone photography tips. Then a whale watching boat tour, where we got really lucky to follow a pod of Orcas, as ... Read More
Enjoyed a nature trail walk, learning about the how the Mendenhall Glacier has changed over the years, while getting many iPhone photography tips. Then a whale watching boat tour, where we got really lucky to follow a pod of Orcas, as well as getting a whale flip from a Humpback named Sasha! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
Excellent small group tour with ability to get good photos of whales.
Excellent small group tour with ability to get good photos of whales. Good pointers for taking whale tail pictures. Short walking tour to view glacier was an aded bonus.
Excellent small group tour with ability to get good photos of whales. Good pointers for taking whale tail pictures. Short walking tour to view glacier was an aded bonus. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was the Whale Watching / Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari.
This was the Whale Watching / Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari. 3/4 mile hike through an actually rain forrest.. easy hike... with stops it takes almost an hour.. (no bathrooms till you get to glacier visitor center) View of Mendenhall ... Read More
This was the Whale Watching / Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari. 3/4 mile hike through an actually rain forrest.. easy hike... with stops it takes almost an hour.. (no bathrooms till you get to glacier visitor center) View of Mendenhall Glacier was phenomenal. You will be a little far away but you can get a little closer if you have time. Whale watching was about 2 hours total. Chased 2 whales, got great shots of whales, sea lions, and scenery. - If you get Zachary... he was a great photographer and guide.. helped everyone get great shots with IPHONE's to good cameras Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Two of us did a tour for photographers that included whale watching and a small 1.5km hike to the ...
Two of us did a tour for photographers that included whale watching and a small 1.5km hike to the local glacier. We saw a pod of Orca whales (only the 3rd siting this season) and some humpback whales. There were a lot of boats out ... Read More
Two of us did a tour for photographers that included whale watching and a small 1.5km hike to the local glacier. We saw a pod of Orca whales (only the 3rd siting this season) and some humpback whales. There were a lot of boats out chasing the whales. I would imagine it would be even more crowded with more ships in port. We had three of the maximum six. We’ve done lots of whale watching and it’s always a thrill, even though there are better places to see both of these kinds of whales. Our group was small, maybe 16 and our guide and professional photographer was excellent. Our tour then did a great short hike into see the Mendenhall Glacier. It was beautiful with some waterfalls enroute and great views of the glacier. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We did see a couple whales.
We did see a couple whales. He was trying to be helpful to people with their photo taking, but really you just did it on your own. we spent more time on the bus back and forth, than actually on whale watching boat.
We did see a couple whales. He was trying to be helpful to people with their photo taking, but really you just did it on your own. we spent more time on the bus back and forth, than actually on whale watching boat. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We were fortunate to see a pod of 12 humpback whales and experienced them bubble feed.
We were fortunate to see a pod of 12 humpback whales and experienced them bubble feed. It was awesome. Greg and Cam were great photographers and offered some great insight into photographing nature.
We were fortunate to see a pod of 12 humpback whales and experienced them bubble feed. It was awesome. Greg and Cam were great photographers and offered some great insight into photographing nature. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Ian was a great guide but we had a substitute boat captain who stays way back from the other whale ...
Ian was a great guide but we had a substitute boat captain who stays way back from the other whale watching boats. Didn’t even try to get a better view.
Ian was a great guide but we had a substitute boat captain who stays way back from the other whale watching boats. Didn’t even try to get a better view. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Photo Safari????
Photo Safari???? Whatever. We took a walk through some woods that was about a mile long on a beaten trail. Honestly, it was like walking through a park in your local community. Wound up about 1/2 mile from a Glacier. The photographer ... Read More
Photo Safari???? Whatever. We took a walk through some woods that was about a mile long on a beaten trail. Honestly, it was like walking through a park in your local community. Wound up about 1/2 mile from a Glacier. The photographer who led the group had ZERO tips to offer. We took a"media equipped" bus to get to the trail and we were supposed to see example of his photography prowess. Only problem was he said he "forgot" his thumb drive that had all his pictures on it. What a scam. Do a different excursion other than this one. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Best excursion with Gastineau Guiding
Best excursion with Gastineau Guiding
Best excursion with Gastineau Guiding Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The whale watching was excellent!
The whale watching was excellent! We had a few sightings. Our guide is a great photographer but not a very good guide. There were people that couldn't walk too good and fallen behind. Other people had to tell him to wait a few times. ... Read More
The whale watching was excellent! We had a few sightings. Our guide is a great photographer but not a very good guide. There were people that couldn't walk too good and fallen behind. Other people had to tell him to wait a few times. But overall a very good excursion. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
In Juneau I did the Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari it was an excellent tour.
In Juneau I did the Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari it was an excellent tour. Would recommend it for anyone that likes to take pictures. The guide, Kasey, was excellent she gave us plenty of time to take photos on ... Read More
In Juneau I did the Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari it was an excellent tour. Would recommend it for anyone that likes to take pictures. The guide, Kasey, was excellent she gave us plenty of time to take photos on the hike up to the glacier, didn’t rush us like on most tours. The whale watching was on smaller boat held the 15 of us on the tour quite comfortably. We saw a plenty of whales, and some were actually quite close. We were watching two whales that were probably 200 yards from the boat when one came up from under the boat probably 15 feet away, caused a couple of to scream like little girls! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Generally excellent & we did see whales but our time on the water didn't seem as long as we had ...
Generally excellent & we did see whales but our time on the water didn't seem as long as we had been led to expect (around 1 hour) and other boats in the vicinity were getting much closer to the whales that we did (my sister in ... Read More
Generally excellent & we did see whales but our time on the water didn't seem as long as we had been led to expect (around 1 hour) and other boats in the vicinity were getting much closer to the whales that we did (my sister in law has full frame whale tails on her Ipad which I couldn't get on my telephoto lens). The land part of the tour was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We saw WHALES, and the photo tips were tops.
We saw WHALES, and the photo tips were tops.
We saw WHALES, and the photo tips were tops. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Hit and miss with the whales.
Hit and miss with the whales. The other boats got closer. Also, you can't define a 15 minute photoshop presentation as a photography course.
Hit and miss with the whales. The other boats got closer. Also, you can't define a 15 minute photoshop presentation as a photography course. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Because we purchased an expensive camera for this cruise, we were very excited for our Juneau ...
Because we purchased an expensive camera for this cruise, we were very excited for our Juneau excursion. We booked Gastineau Guiding's Photo Safari: it includes a whale watching trip and a nature hike to the Mendenhall. Here's ... Read More
Because we purchased an expensive camera for this cruise, we were very excited for our Juneau excursion. We booked Gastineau Guiding's Photo Safari: it includes a whale watching trip and a nature hike to the Mendenhall. Here's the twist, though: our guide was an expert in both whales and photography. Gastineau puts a cap of 14 people per group on this excursion so you get tons of personal help with whatever camera you bring (and Kristin was even very helpful with folks who only had a cell phone camera). Kristin's lessons are entirely responsible for the excellent photos we were able to take from the White Pass Rail and from the cruise ship in Glacier Bay. We were THRILLED with this tour. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
My husband did a separate excursion - kayaking - which he also liked.
My husband did a separate excursion - kayaking - which he also liked. This was my favorite excursion. It was a small group of 14, and we had a lovely guide and boat captain. I took hundreds of pictures of whales, seals, sea lions, ... Read More
My husband did a separate excursion - kayaking - which he also liked. This was my favorite excursion. It was a small group of 14, and we had a lovely guide and boat captain. I took hundreds of pictures of whales, seals, sea lions, eagles and the Mendenhall Glacier. I even learned new tips and tricks with my Canon DSLR. I highly recommend this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good photo info, whale watching and photos and glacier hike.
Good photo info, whale watching and photos and glacier hike.
Good photo info, whale watching and photos and glacier hike. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our Photo Safari guide, Nathan Kelley of Gastineau Guiding, provided an absolutely incredible ...
Our Photo Safari guide, Nathan Kelley of Gastineau Guiding, provided an absolutely incredible tour—helping us to experience Alaska to its fullness. He presented very useful tools and methods in which to obtain the best pictures of this ... Read More
Our Photo Safari guide, Nathan Kelley of Gastineau Guiding, provided an absolutely incredible tour—helping us to experience Alaska to its fullness. He presented very useful tools and methods in which to obtain the best pictures of this incredible part of the world. While nothing can substitute the experience, Nathan gave us the means and expertise to take pictures that will preserve a piece of the experience. Nathan also offered a wealth of information about the natural beauty and wildlife we explored and observed. Not only did this make the tour enjoyable and meaningful, but it also added tremendously to our entire trip to Alaska. The whale watching portion of the tour was definitely a highlight. Captain Jen led us from one whale to another! We started on a high note, spotting a mother humpback and her calf! Throughout the tour we had the privilege of witnessing countless whales dive down and flip their tails for us, as well as a pod of orcas! While we were not able to approach them within a certain amount of feet due to regulations, they came very close to us! Nathan and Jen’s enthusiasm in seeing the whales made the experience even more exciting and fulfilling. The amazing sights we saw on our tour were enough to make the excursion worthwhile; however, Nathan and Jen enhanced the experience tenfold. I would 100% recommend Gastineau Guiding to any Alaskan adventurers! (As would my mom!) If you get the chance to do one of these tours, I hope you are fortunate enough to have Nathan as your tour guide and Jen as your captain!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
Our guide, Mircea, and boat captain, Suzanne, were wonderful.
Our guide, Mircea, and boat captain, Suzanne, were wonderful. Bus drivers Cody and Brian were great supports. Lots of whales and great photo tips, even for my IPhone!
Our guide, Mircea, and boat captain, Suzanne, were wonderful. Bus drivers Cody and Brian were great supports. Lots of whales and great photo tips, even for my IPhone! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Tour was good but rushed due to ship tendering late.
Tour was good but rushed due to ship tendering late. There was no time to stop and work on photography. It was just a quick hike through the woods. Guide was knowledgeable.
Tour was good but rushed due to ship tendering late. There was no time to stop and work on photography. It was just a quick hike through the woods. Guide was knowledgeable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Im not a big "nature tour" kind of guy.
Im not a big "nature tour" kind of guy. The tour we took through the cruise line was funny, fun, educational without seeming so, and most importantly (not too long). This was all apart of the "Photo safari" nature, ... Read More
Im not a big "nature tour" kind of guy. The tour we took through the cruise line was funny, fun, educational without seeming so, and most importantly (not too long). This was all apart of the "Photo safari" nature, whale watching, and Mendenhall Glacier. Saw LOTS of whales, sealions, etc. Great captain, great tour guide. All part of the Photo Safari. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Saw orcas, whales, sea lions, and porpoises.
Saw orcas, whales, sea lions, and porpoises.
Saw orcas, whales, sea lions, and porpoises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Definitely good value for money.
Definitely good value for money. Whales guaranteed. Guide very informative and helpful.
Definitely good value for money. Whales guaranteed. Guide very informative and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
We took the Whales & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari excursion here and it was by far the best one ...
We took the Whales & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari excursion here and it was by far the best one we went on. It was a small group and very knowledgeable guides. We saw lots of whales and other wildlife. Avoid the shops near the ... Read More
We took the Whales & Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari excursion here and it was by far the best one we went on. It was a small group and very knowledgeable guides. We saw lots of whales and other wildlife. Avoid the shops near the dock. The sales staff were very pushy and the prices didn’t seem very good. Walk down the street to find locally owned shops and you will have a much better time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
This was arguably our favorite excursion.
This was arguably our favorite excursion. From the beginning of our tour through to the end, our naturalist, Andrea, filled every moment with amazing information and sights, and provided me with photo tips that enhanced my enjoyment of ... Read More
This was arguably our favorite excursion. From the beginning of our tour through to the end, our naturalist, Andrea, filled every moment with amazing information and sights, and provided me with photo tips that enhanced my enjoyment of our adventure. Our first stop was the Mendenall Glacier hiking area which is leads to a direct frontal view of the glacier, as seen from across the lake. Other tour groups hiked closer to the waterfall, but this yields only a side view of the glacier itself. The hike was not strenuous, and Andrea was full of information and easy conversation. Afterward we drove past numerous bald eagles perched near a salmon stream, where we stopped for some photos. Other photo stops were taken as well. Ultimately we arrived at the dock where we were loaded onto a small boat for the whale watching part of our tour (there were only 7 of us plus Andrea and the Captain). The views were absolutely stunning, and we saw all manner of wildlife along the way - seals, sea otters, eagles, and ultimately humpback whales and sea lions hanging off a buoy (so cute!) The whales actually approached us at one point, and swam within 15 - 20 feet of our boat, going for deep dives, and giving us great fluke shots only feet away from our faces (and cameras). We were stunned by their grace and beauty. Saw several other pods of humpbacks before turning for home. Absolutely the best experience, and Andrea gets our vote for the best naturalist/guide we met on our trip! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises